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Mars in the Community

This fund is currently closed


In partnership with Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation Mars award grants in areas surrounding their factories in Melton and Waltham on the Wolds.

Local charities, community groups, clubs, schools or regional branches of national charities can apply for funding as long as they are based in or delivering projects within the following geographical areas:

Within a 10 mile radius of Mars’ Melton Mowbray site: postcode LE13 1BB

Within a 15 mile radius of Mars’ Waltham-on-the-Wolds site: postcode LE14 4RS

The Mars in the Community programme supports projects and activities that will deliver a positive benefit to the community within the themes of 

Petcare and Food.


Grants of £500 to £3,000 are available

 The petcare category includes the following three areas:

Pet Education
Mars supports pet education through projects which do the following:

– Sustainability

Mars supports sustainability through advancing pet amenities and facilities for pets and their owners in the countryside and urban green spaces. Through this they aim to enhance opportunities for people to enjoy responsible, healthy exercise and interaction with their dogs in the local community.

Projects could include:

– Benefits of pets

Mars promotes healthy and positive interaction between pets and people or projects that address current issues faced with pet ownership in the community.

Projects could include:


The food category includes the following three areas:

– Nutrition

Mars supports nutrition education through projects which do the following:

– Sustainability

Mars can support sustainability through the development of school and community gardens and growing projects. This can include:

-Benefits of Shared Meals

Mars can support community or education projects that promote and inspire people to cook and eat together. Projects could include:

*Please note that product donations to address hunger crisis are managed through Mars’ s partnerships with food distribution charities The Trussell Trust and HisFood.


Mars cannot support any of the following:

Further Guidance

All groups who successfully receive Mars funding will be required to attend a meeting with Mars staff to informally talk about their project and the work of their organisation. Mars are also keen to receive monitoring reports and a case study to learn more about your project, with an end of grant feedback report required within one year.

The application deadline is 30th April 2018

Decisions will be communicated to applicants in May.

Invitation to feed back with Mars may take place after your grant has started, between June and Sept 2018.

This fund is currently closed. 

Please contact Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation if you need help or advice at any stage of the application process:

Telephone number:  0116 2624 916